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Chewy Peanut Bars

 Chewy Peanut Bars
Kids will gobble up these chewy peanut-packed treats made with two kinds of crunchy cereal. "The sweet coating contrasts nicely with the salty nuts to make these bars a family favorite," comments Diane Eitreim of Garretson, South Dakota. "They travel well, too."
24 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups cornflakes
  • 3 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients; set aside. In a
  • heavy saucepan, combine corn syrup, butter, cream and sugar; cook
  • and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Cook until a
  • candy thermometer reads 234° (soft-ball stage).
  • Pour over cereal mixture and toss to coat. Pat into a greased 13-in.
  • x 9-in. pan. Cool before cutting. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 166 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 171 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.